For retirees Shirley and Sully Sullivan of Newport Beach, watering and maintaining 1,000 square feet of lawn was becoming more work than it was worth. After meeting Shirley at the annual Newport Beach Water Miser Conference, we developed a plan for a beautiful, interactive garden that would replace the lawn with a peaceful sanctuary for the this young-at-heart couple, as well as for the local birds, butterflies and chipmunk! Salvias, Cupheas, Kangaroo Paws, Liriopes and Verbena have the birds and butterflies coming in droves. A variety of ornamental grasses, including Lomandra, Carex, Festuca and Rhynchelytrum were incorporated for tecture and color, creating a flowing effect throughout the garden with every slight breeze. A tiered garden fountan acts as the central focal point and drowns out the noise of the local high school students lingering nearby. A combination of low-flow rotating sprinkler nozzles were utilized to conserve water. Now, instead of staring out at a boring, unused lawn, Shirley and Sully can meander through the soft pebble pathway, pick fragrant flowers or just relax on the bench, pondering God's magnificent creation while the birds hum and splash!